Welcome to the Hollow Log Didgeridoos website!
Hollow Log Didgeridoos is dedicated to the traditional didgeridoos made and played across the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia. ‘Hollow Log’ refers to eucalyptus logs that hollowed by the termites and used as traditional material for didgeridoos for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. We believe, that these naturally prepared logs are the best material to deliver the ‘original’ sound of the didgeridoo.
Our focus is to source quality, original and authentic instruments with real cultural values, while maintaining a living connection to the Traditional Custodians of the didgeridoo.
Hollow Log Didgeridoos is selling didgeridoos online. The instruments are located in Darwin and London through Sound Matters. By maintaining the stocks in Australia and Europe, we offer access to our instruments for the didgeridoo players and enthusiasts who are interested not only in quality didgeridoos, but also in instruments with high cultural integrity.
Janos Kerekes, founder of Hollow Log Didgeridoos
I heard the sound of the didgeridoo when I was a child, a few seconds long recording moved something inside me. I first met the instrument in 1999, I started to learn to play it in the same year. Although I approached the didgeridoo in a contemporary way as a player, I always felt important to learn about its ‘cultural background’, that became my passion.
During the coming years, I was looking for the sound of the didgeridoo that represent my connection to this unique instrument, and that is, also, able to tell something about my understanding of the Aboriginal culture. I realised, that my contemporary style of playing could not help me to get the sound I was looking for. My attention turned towards the traditional playing styles of the Top End of Australia.
For the last ten years or so, I studied the different type of traditional didgeridoos and the distinctive playing styles, while reached out to the Custodians of the instrument through the Northern Territory. I am looking for the ‘classical’ sound of the didgeridoo while learning about the traditional knowledge and the languages of the region. I believe that this` hollowed wooden tube` has the best, the original and the proper sound on its cultural ground, it belongs there, and it carries a universal message that can speak to anyone.
I created Hollow Log Didgeridoos to establish an online surface where I can showcase the didgeridoo on a way I see it. I feel it is important to talk about the Aboriginal culture and the didgeridoo as a ‘Balanda’, non-Aboriginal, contemporary player. I hope it helps others to understand, value and respect the traditional culture of the instrument, and the People who invented it.
As a didgeridoo enthusiast, I think it is vital to connect to the Aboriginal people, learn their way of life, beliefs and languages. I am studying the Yolŋu languages and culture at Charles Darwin University, which is a unique way of learning about the life of the People of Northeast Arnhem Land. Currently I am working at ARDS Aboriginal Corporation as a cross cultural facilitator; this job gives me a great opportunity to incorporate the didgeridoo and my keen interest towards the Aboriginal culture into my everyday life.
We would like to say thank you: Buku-Larrŋay Mulka Centre, Gurruwiwi Family, Lirrwi Tourism, Yolŋu Studies at Charles Darwin University, iDidj Australia, ARDS Aboriginal Resources and Development Centre, Egres for the photos, Richard Szikoi for the website and much help, and all of you who are supporting us on the journey.